“Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do”
"The King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'"
Dear Friends in Christ,
I am so excited to be a member of our Mission Committee. We meet monthly and hear the reports from the various group leaders of what is
developing in their mission. It is so exciting to hear the enthusiasm and the number of people being blessed either by the Hernando
Homeless Ministry, Michelle-O-Gram- Happy Feet with shoes for the impoverished, or information about our foreign missions in
Honduras, Cuba and Africa.
These are just a few of the missions that we support. Thumbing through the brochure, you probably have seen that we no longer have
the "Jim Russo Prison Ministry". Although their mission was a blessing over the years, that program has been discontinued.
We are also excited that our Missions giving continues to bless so many. You, as the family of God, have continued to minister
to the poorest of the poor, locally and abroad.
Brother Rick DuCharme, our Mission Committee Chair, will be visiting our sister church in Cuba this February. Please keep him, and
our entire committee, in your prayers. We are, as a whole, "Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do."
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Come join us at Tuesday 10 AM Bible Study in Friendship Hall for an in depth reading and understanding of the book Jeremiah from the Bible.
Bring your BIBLES and we eagerly await your presence.
Look around for the ‘Little Chapel’ when you go into any of the following places around Dunnellon:
Tri-County Pregnancy Center
Brett & Reynolds Attorneys
Legends Sports Bar
Badcocks and More Furniture
Red Fox Gallery
Citrus Grill Restaurant
Dr. Dane Myers, Dentist
Cie Cie’s Twice Nice
Roberts Funeral Home
The Front Porch Restaurant
Gruffs Tap and Grill
Curt Bond Sign Company
Dunnellon Dry Cleaners
Dr. Perkins, Dentist
Our ‘Somebody Cares’ prayer group here at First United Methodist Church wants to take this opportunity to thank all of these establishments for giving us space for a ’little chapel’. When you place your prayer request in the ‘chapel‘, it is picked up by our volunteers, and delivered to the ‘Somebody Cares’ prayer group. This group meets every Wednesday night, 52 weeks a year, to pray over these requests, and continues to do so at home for at least 3 times a week for up to 2 months. When your prayers are answered, thank and praise the Lord. Also drop a PTL (praise the Lord) request in the box so we can also praise Him. This will also encourage and bless your prayer partners here at First Methodist United Church. Praise Him.
Contact person: Rick DuCharme
God called Bob Wood Jr. into the mission field 14 years ago.
Bob and his wife, Rosa, live in the small community of El Pino outside of La Ceiba, Honduras.
Bob preaches and teaches in the Emmanuel Methodist Church in El Pino, and they have a feeding program that helps the families in this very poor community.
Bob and Rosa opened the El Pino Bilingual School in August 2016. The school provides a high-quality Christian education to some of the poorest children in El Pino. The school is free to most of the 106 students and others pay very low tuition. Students are also provided free health care.
Although a large part of the funding for the school comes from outside donors, Bob and Rosa need our regular financial support for their family's healthcare and other living expenses. Let us support Bob as he evangelizes Honduras for Christ.
This mission will be highlighted in June.
Contact person: Rick DuCharme
FUMC Dunnellon entered into a "sister church" relationship with Mount Zion Methodist Church, Cieneguita Cuba in March 2016. Through this agreement we pledge to pray for one another, to engage in interchage of people of the churches; to respond to the priorities of Mount Zion Methodist Church; to build relationships between our churches, and to mutually share the history, current events, culture and spirituality of both churches.
Our contact person, Rick DuCharme has visited our sister church annually, and is in frequent contact with Pastor Yabay Alvarez and District Superintendent Pastor Luis Vazquez. Pastor Luis has visited FUMC Dunnellon on two occasions.
Pastor Yabay envisions growing the congregation from 30 members to 100 members while evangelizing in Cieneguita. Three external missions have been added to the church congregation. One of the priorities of the Cieneguita church is the construction of a new church. The previous church was dilapidated and was beyond repair. The consctruction process has included upgrading the parsonage with air conditioning and refurbished bathroom and kitchen; the completion of a water cistern project for the parsonage (which provides a reliable water source); the completion of a modern, detached restroom (the old church had none); the purchase of a partially completed home adjacent to the church property that is currently being used as a worship center; the demolition of the old church building; and the ongoing construction of the new church. The construction which is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Pastor Yabay is enrolled in the Methodist Seminary in Havana and attends several months each year.
A mission team plans to visit our sister church in February 2019 to carry construction funds, clothing and over-the-counter medication.
This mission will be highlighted in February.
Cieneguita Methodist Church
Pastor Yabay Alvarez
Cuba Sister Church Agreement
Contact person: Rick DuCharme
ZOE (Zimbabwe Orphans Endeavor) empowers orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. Founded in 2004 by the North Carolina Conference of the UMC as a relief program for orphans resulting from the AIDS crisis in Africa.
By 2007 ZOE had evolved into a highly successful empowerment program, helping over 100,000 African orphans to become self-sufficient.
ZOE, endorsed by the Florida Conference of the UMC, has a mission of training orphans to become completely self-sufficient and able to care for their siblings within three years.
ZOE volunteers go to a village or community to meet with the local government or tribal chief to learn about the most vulnerable children. The kids decide if they want to join the program. If they agree, they are put into working groups of 100 others, ranging from 14-21 years old.
The groups learn to farm during the planting season, so they start growing food right away. They are given small grants to rent property, a common practice in rural Africa. They are not given hand-outs.
The kids are also trained in areas of Health and Hygiene, Education, Income Generation, Child Rights, Community Connections and Spiritual Strength. Income generation skills include beauty, barber, tailoring, electrical, plumbing and a variety of others. They decide which businesses they want to start and are given small grants to do it. They are responsible for keeping their own accounts. They help each other.
The program works and graduates become mentors for other orphans. In Kenya alone there are 30,000 children in the ZOE program.
Empowered orphans and vulnerable children become socially economically and spiritually strong – transforming entire communities in the process.
The Dunnellon Missions Committee voted to adopt the ZOE Project on January 8, 2020.
This mission will be highlighted during the month of March.
Contact person: Carol Stroup
The Heifer Project is a world-wide ministry providing funds to assist the needy in establishing vegetable gardens, buying poultry, milk cows, pigs, etc. The recipients learn to grow their own crops, raise and breed their animals and are able to provide food for their families for generations to come.
This mission will be highlighted in December.
Contact Person: Donna White
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) is an UM organization that supports humanitarian aid worldwide when there is a disaster like an earthquake, flood, drought, etc.
We give financial support to UMCOR throughout the year when there are appeals to provide aid for a particular devastating disaster.
On March 31, 2019 we will join Methodists around the world in UMCOR Sunday, when you will be encouraged to contribute to this ministry.
Florida United Methodist Childrens Home
Contact Person: Donna White
Every 5th Sunday we have a special offering for the Children's Home located in Enterprise, Florida, and the youth ranch in northern Florida. The home provides a Christian atmosphere and strives for excellence in helping individuals, families, and communities grow through sevices provided in a safe, nurturing enviroment of trust and open communication. Resident treatment, transitional living, and family supported adolescent foster care are just a few of the many services provided to these at risk children.
Missionary Scholarship Fund
Contact Person: Rick DuCharme
The Missionary Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for education of those affiliated with our congregation who are following God's call to serve in the mission field.
The Mission Committee of FUMC Dunnellon evaluates and grants scholarship funding for approved applicants from available designated resources. Funds granted will be applied directly to the selected missionary student's educational institution account.
The current focus of Missionary Scholarship Fund is to provide tuition support for Emily Wood, the daughter of our missionary Bob Wood, Jr. in Honduras. Emily is currently attending Asbury College in Kentucky, and is majoring in Missions. Having spent nearly a decade as a "missionary kid" in Honduras, Emily has a heart for missions. Her bilingual primary and high school education will serve as a solid foundation for mission work in Latin American countries.
The Missionary Scholarship Fund will be highlighted in April.
Christmas Season Missions
Operation Christmas Child
Contact Person: Linda Jones
The power of a simple gift. "A box of Christmas joy for all children all over the world."
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan's Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
These simple gifts are shipped outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered gift-filled shoeboxes to over 146 million children in more than 100 countries. Each shoebox provides opportunities for local churches to share the Good News of God's greatest gift, His Son-Jesus Christ. When the children receive their shoebox, they are invited to participate in "The Greatest Journey", a 12-lesson discipleship program that teaches them how to faithfully follow Christ and share Him with their family and friends.
Last year our church became a Relay Center for OCC. Men On A Mission and Gals With Goals volunteered and received, packed and delivered a total of 1,108 boxes. Of that, our church pasked 189 boxes in 2018. Thank you "Church".
FUMC Food Pantry
Contact Person: Gloria Couch
The FUMC Kingdom Builder Food Pantry is a ministry within our church which provides food and other necessities, as available, to our church family and others in need within our community.
Members of our congregation are asked to bring in unexpired, non-perishable food items to stock the pantry.
The FUMC Kingdom Builder Food Pantry assisted 216 individuals during 2018.
The "Forget Me Not" Elder Care Ministry
Contact Person: Grace Burks
There is a four-hour respite for care-givers of frail seniors and people with early dementia, or any seniors who would like to come and participate in the activities. Service is provided every Tuesday from 12:30pm-4:30pm in Friendship Hall at FUMC Dunnellon.
Habitat For Humanity
Contact Person: Elizabeth Chryst
Habitat for Humanity is an International Christian Ministry that provides housing for families who live in sub-standard homes, many that are deplorable. It's a partnership arrangement where the person receiving the new house will work along with volunteers to construct it. The receipent must work a minimum of 350 hours on his/her rehab house of 500 house if it is a new house before claiming the house and making interest-free payments. The hours may also be met by working on another Habitat house.
All donations received will go to the Marion County Chapter of Habitat. Over a dozen Habitat houses have already been consctructed in the Dunnellon area, at least one of which was for a member of our church. This year Habitat for Humanity is celebrating 25 years of service in Marion County.
Special emphasis on this mission will be the month of August.
Dunnellon "Food 4 Kids" Ministry
Contact Person: Tom Tarkenton
The purpose of "Food 4 Kids" is to provide food over the weekend to hungry children in the Dunnellon community. Several Dunnellon churches and Dunnellon organizations participate in this ministry by helping pack the backpacks and contributing monetary donations.
Our church has "Change for Change" the 4th sunday of each month. All change collected goes to this ministry.
Contact Person: Ken Rowe
"Jesus Is" is located in Inglis, Florida. It's primary focus is a free-90 Day Drug and Alcohol Addiction Rehabilitation Program. All therapy is explicitly Christian with a strong emphasis on the Word and power of God and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Even though the courts often assign people to this program in lieu of a prison sentence, there are no government funds provided. All financial assistance is from donations. This ministry also provides food, clothing and over-night shelter for transients and gives away clothing, blankets, furniture and appliance to the needy.
May is the month of special focus on this mission.
Family Hope Resource Center
Contact Person: Beverly Snyder
The Family Hope Resource and Pregnancy Center ia a faith-based, non-profit organization located in the heart of Dunnellon. Their mission is to touch peoples lives in our local community with sound biblical principles and love, resulting in life changing choices and attitudes. They affirm to our community all life has value and is worth caring about.
All services they offer are free of charge. Support in unplanned pregnancies, anger management, healthy parenting, premarital counseling, marriage counseling, teen relationship support, abortion healing, and mentoring man-to-man are among the services offered.
For clients that have the need, points are earned each session and can be used for items in the center's baby boutique to meet the physical need of children from birth-3 years of age.
The center's location is 20892 Second Avenue, Dunnellon, FL. 34431 Their phone number is (352) 489-9994
November is the month this mission is highlighted.
Contact Person: Sherry Roberts
The Michelle-O-Gram was established in 2009 following the untimely death of thirty-six year old Michelle Blauser Standridge. Michelle was a victim of breast cancer. While undergoing treatment over a three year period of time, Michelle continually reminded women of the need to get their mammogram testing done on a regular basis.
All funding for the Michelle-O-Gram is generated through donations as well as fundraising efforts. We have ZERO EXPENSES, every penny that is generated goes directly back into assisting individuals in our LOCAL community.
The Michelle-O-Gram provides both screening and diagnostic mammograms, as well as breast ultrasounds for women, and men, who are either uninsured or underinsured. We have assissted individuals, who have tested positive for BRCA gene, with genetic counseling, and the Michelle-O-Gram also assists with breast biopsies.
To date, the Michelle-O-Gram has offically served over 1,250 women, and four men, with various breast exams. Clients come from a six county area including Marion, Citrus, Levy, Lake, Sumter and Alachua counties. We partner with imaging facilities located in Ocala, Leesburg, the Villages, Clermont and Lady Lake. Our imaging partners play an active role in fundraising activities along with local individuals and organizations that provide support throughout the year.
The Michelle-O-Gram is on Facebook, an on the internet at: michelleogram.com and can also be emailed at: [email protected]
For assistance, or more information, please call our message at: (352) 469-6006 and one of our volunteers will return your call.
October will be the month for special emphasis for this mission.
The Grief Support Group
Contact Person: Irene Brugh
This is a program offered at FUMC Dunnellon. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday's of each month.
Contact Person: Monte Snyder
This ministry involves the daily pick-up of day old bread items from Publix Grocery, which are given to Annie Johnson Senior Services Center and “Jesus Is” Ministries.
The Prayer Quilt Ministry
Contact Person: Charlotte Eberhard
Started in 2002, this is an outreach ministry which combines the gift of a hand-tied quilt with the gift of prayer for someone in need. Each knot tied into the quilt represents a prayer that was offered specifically for the recipient of the quilt. Quilts are made on an as requested basis and only made with the recipients desire to receive it. This group provided 119 quilts during 2018, making a total of 1,587 quilts over 16 years. The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month in Friendship Hall.
Contact Person: Tom Tarkenton
This mission provides new school shoes for needy children in our community before school begins and all during the school year. This program has provided over 1,000 pairs of shoes since it's inception.
Happy Feet mission is highlighted during the month of July.
Hernando Homeless Ministry - Connections
Contact Persons: Mike & Susie Phillips
The Connections Outreach Center, under the direction of the Citrus Count Family Resource Center, was established in 2011 to meet the needs of the homeless in Citrus County. Local churches provide meals six days a week for 12 to 30 individuals. The Center also offers help to connect with the services needed by their families.
* Computer: Food Stamp computers are available with assistance from on-site volunteers. Computers are available for job searches and applications, applying for state and federal assistance and to send emails to families.
* Free Medical Clinic: Nurses every Wednesday morning, and a doctor usually usually every other Wednesday.
* Pre-cancer screening program through a grant from Black Diamond.
* A literacy program is available to assist those individuals who want to learn to read.
* Bike program for transportation to those individuals who do not have a vehicle.
* Washer and dryer for homeless, or nearly homeless, to wash their clothing.
Our church participates in feeding the homeless in Hernando every Friday. Volunteers sign up at the Welcome Center in the Narthex and information is provided as to the procedures to follow to obtain the foold. All monetary donations received from the "J" Dollars are designated to fund this ministry.
Sewing for Souls
Contact person: JoLynn Peart
Our newest sewing group has formed, Sewing for Souls. This group is for anyone that has never sewed a stitch before, to the most experienced seamstress.
These ladies have already been very busy, sewing pillow-case dresses for our sister church in Cuba, making cancer caps, as well as Bible bags for the
United Way / Strong Families kids to receive their new Bible in.
Future projects planned are more Bible bags for the next class graduating from our Harmony Preschool, as well as for the next group of kids that come
through the Strong Families program.
Do you know of a need or project for this group? Are you interested in becoming involved with this group? Please contact the Church Office.
United Methodist Men (UMM)
Contact Person: Ray Horne
UMM sponsors funraising projects throughout the year to support various mission projects and special needs of our church members, such as ramp building or yard clean ups. UMM also supports our local community Scouting programs.
The UMM meet at noon in Friendship Hall on the 4th Thursday, January through October, and the 3rd Thursday during November and December. All men in the church are invitied to participate in the UMM Ministry.
The Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
United Methodist Women (UMW)
Contact Person: Susan Herrala
United Methodist Women is organized for mission. It seeks wholeness for members and others through Jesus Christ.
The UMW seeks to be:
- Provide opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, become more deeply rooted in Christ and put faith into action.
- Be catalysts for change with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action.
- Equip women and girls with the ability to be leaders in various organizations including church and community.
- Work for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair practices.
- Provide educational experiences that lead to personal growth and change which will effect the world.
All women of the church (and others who believe in our Purpose and Mission), are invited to participate in the UMW ministry. This includes a pledge to world missions, UM Children's Home, Dunnellon schools, scholarships, helpful bags for the needy, women's abuse centers, Thanksgiving backets and many more local organizations. Financial support for these many missions is accomplished through fund raising, circle donations and love offerings.
We are a Stephen Ministry Congregation. Stephen Ministers provide one-to-one, lay Christian care for someone who is hurting. Our Pastor is always there in times of crisis, but there are times ongoing care will be needed. Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of high quality, distinctively Christian Care training; and are equipped to walk beside those in need of a friend who will listen, care, pray, support and encourage. This Ministry is totally confidential, never revealing the identity of a care receiver or anything they discuss.
If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Stephen Minister, or know someone who can benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister; please contact the church office, and they will refer you to one of our Stephen Leaders.
"Bear one another's burdens and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
"Offer hospitality to one another... Each of you should use whatever gift you have received
to serve others..." (1 Peter 4:9)
We are called by scripture to be caregivers to those who cannot care for themselves.
The Caregivers Ministry seeks to do this by providing useful information, practical
training and spiritual support to those called to be caregivers.
Click the tab called Caregivers to find out more.